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Tango | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tango is a big, bold, Belgian-style dark ale brewed with 1,200 pounds of cherries!

Tango pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice fluffy head, offering a very complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits. The strong 750 ml glass bottle finished with a cork and cage allows the very robust bottle-conditioning responsible for Tango’s effervescence. Dark fruit flavors join the cherries to match up with the strong malt bill with the Belgian yeast adding its 2 cents along the way.

Tango weighs in at 10.6% ABV and was brewed using a base of Pilsner Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU.

Tango debuted as the 20th installment of Weyerbacher’s Brewers’ Select series in November of 2011, however, it wasn’t bottle conditioned and was a tad lower in alcohol.

Added by BeerThursdays on 11-18-2011

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster cup at ZooBrew, Jackson, MS. Thanks for the share, Carley.

A: Berry red with a light pink head that tango'd away pretty quickly.

S: Cherries, blackberries, plums, dates, burnt sugar. Belgian yeast.

T: Strong and sweet featuring cherries and dark fruit from the nose. Light Belgian yeast on the finish.

M: Medium with medium chewy carbonation.

O: A terrific sipper with a berry punch that pushes the beer envelope. Yummy.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very well carbonated ruby Amber with massive frothy head that stays quite awhile. Smells of tart cherry, just like cherry pie. Upfront cherry sweetness and flavor. Tart and a little off balance with cherry totally in front of dark Belgian strong malts. Great carbonation. Alcohol seems well in check. Overall, a good fruit beer but I'd like to see more Belgian quality yo this.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby brownish red finger of head dissipated quickly.
Smells like sweet cherries dark fruit like figs and raisins a lot of sweetness
Cherry and oak hit the front of the tongue first followed by a lot of sweet malts some phenolic character.
Velvet mouth feel a little crispy
Over all it's decent but I'd recommend the variant d'tango unchained.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a snifter on tap

A: dark burnt caramel in color hazy very little head but poured cold on tap

S: sweet figs caramel light clove

T: lots of burnt sugar a little bit of Apple figs

M: fuller to medium a touch cloying the beer definitely lingers on the tongue

O: it's not bad it's not amazing but it is weyerbacher they are big on shooting for the middle. If you like sweet Belgians grab it otherwise meh.

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Photo of Boto
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mikro: This one pours a very dark coppery color. It had a faint ruby tinge. It had a tan head that left some lacing. the nose is good. Slightly sweet. Yeasty, bready, dark fruits, cherries, candi sugar. The taste is very good. The taste mirrors the nose. A really good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/16...pours crimson brown color with high white foam. Cherry sour nose. Dark fruit tones. Boozy! Heavy, sour, astringent, rich all smacks you at once. Cough syrup pucker. Mellows modestly over time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a semi-opaque cherry brown color, nice carbonation, very thin lacing that's bubbly, not frothy as I would have expected.

S - Cherries, Belgian spice, bready, honey, plumbs, and raisons with some booziness to the aroma.

T - Cherries, Belgian spice, honey, light Belgian toffee malt, and cloves.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue, leaves a delicate coating of cherry tang in the mouth, little to no warming on the way down.

O - Nicely done Weyerbacher!

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It is a rare domestic brewer that is able to capture the Belgian look when they brew Belgian style beers but Weyerbacher has nailed this one; cola brown color with a billowy tan head; lots of lacing hangs around

Smell: Fruit and spice cake tones, with dried fig, cherry and date; spices include cinnamon, allspice, clove and ginger; caramel and brown sugar tones, as well

Taste: The sweet spice cake malt base brings brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and clove tones through the mid-palate, with the dried dark fruit flavors building to a crescendo after the swallow; cherry is not the first thing that comes to mind but there is a maraschino element in the finish

Mouthfeel: This beer captures the Belgian mouthfeel, with a full body, a creamy character and a buoyant carbonation that carries through to the finish

Overall: Weyerbacher has done a masterful job here with a Belgian style

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a disappointment. Very little cherry flavor, and the flavor that was present just wasn't very good. I considered a drain pour 1/2 way through but resolved to finish it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark, ruby-tinged date coloring with a bubbly, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of tart dark cherries, hints of clove spice, and a bready backbone. Rich and sweet nose. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a blast of rich and tart dark cherry, followed by a solid booze kick, some dark stone fruit sweetness, and a subtle spice blend. The cherry notes really dominate. The body is big, but the carbonation and crisp feel throughout keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste continues with the tart cherry profile, but the date, fig, and raisin notes really start to pull the balance in their favor by the end of the palate. The finish is slightly effervesced, with a richly sweet linger, and of course the cherry is still there. Interesting brew.

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Photo of scootny
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler purchased about three weeks ago. Garnet ruby highlights in the snifter with a light, fluffy, (as noted) head. Not much lace. Lovely nose is sweet and inviting. Cherries and dark fruits cover a surprisingly light base malt breadiness that recalls a tripel as much as a BSDA. Sweetness offers up a bit of alcohol and pepper. Figs and banana hide in the back. Taste is warm fruitcake, cherry fruitcake. Rum soaked and vaporous with rich dark sugars and light sweet cake bread. Finish is somewhat alcoholic and warm with the mildest of hop bitterness to bring a firm dryness like sherry. Smooth and silky carbonation is almost cask like and perfectly done. Sticky on the sides of the glass and lightly chewy in the mouth. A good solid offering that I'll revisit in the bottle and see how it cellars.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is clear red mahogany with a frothy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is Belgian yeast, fruit esters and just a touch of cherries. Less cherry than I expected given the label. Flavor is classic Belgian ale with a touch of sourness. It almost starts off as a sour on the palate before quickly giving way to the malt and Belgian esters. Other than the bite of tartness at the start, you could easily convince me this was brewed without cherries. I've had Belgian ales with stronger cherry profiles that were not brewed with cherries. Body is medium with ample carbonation. It's a good beer and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: First pour yielded a moderately hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head that falls rather quickly and leaves nearly no lacing.

4.25 S: Oh shit! The cherries in this are super strong. Sweet, sweet cherries. Behind that there's a peppery spiciness, caramel, and sugar crackery maltiness. Mild yeast breadiness, plum fruitiness, and a hint of clove. Really nice.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the cherries are the strongest component. Though this tastes great, the flavors don't come together as well as they do in the nose. It's sweet, but less so than the nose lets on. Still got caramel, plum and raisin fruits, peppery and clove spice. The yeast is more pronounced adding a heftier breadiness.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit overcarbonated. Fizzy without being very spritzy if that makes sense.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I think it would be better without as much yeastiness and if the mouthfeel turned out better (with too much carbonation being the biggest problem).

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Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 1pt.9.4oz. caged-and-corked bottle courtesy of OzzyLizard and NBS BIF #1, this is a beer not remotely available in my neck of the woods. No freshness date, but at 10.6%abv, I think it’s probably good for quite a while.

Opened via a wine bottle opener with a loud “POP”, this poured a dark mahogany color into an Iron Goat snifter, with a big, creamy beige-colored head that exhibited considerable staying power, and left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass. A very good looking beer.

Upon opening there was quite a vinuous aroma, along with a little funk that I was not expecting. As it warms, cherry aroma emerges, along with a discrete milk chocolate-like scent that hovers in the background. I picked up a little bit of raisiny dark fruit aroma as well.

Whoa, not at all what I was expecting, but not in a bad way. Tart, sour cherry flavor up front, with a winey and chocolaty, brown sugar things happening in the background. No sign of the high alcohol in this in the taste.

Medium bodied, with a slightly crisp and effervescent mouthfeel.

Odd, and not what I was expecting (which I suppose was something along the lines of a fruity Quad, a la 3 Philosophers), but rather tasty if you don’t mind fruit beers that have taken a detour into sour land. It might be a good bridge beer for someone who has found they like Belgian beers but haven't made the jump to sours, as the tart sourness isn't overbearing. I kind of wish it wasn’t in quite as large a serving as it is, especially given it's HUGE alcohol content, but am damn glad to have had it, or any Weyerbacher beers for that matter. If local, and in a sour mood, I’d buy this, especially if I had someone who also would like it to share with.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Mild head. Aroma has hints of the advertised cherries. The dark Belgian character is far more prominent. A bit phenolic. Dark fruits...cherry is separate. Sweetly aromatic malt in the vein of brown sugar and molasses. The flavor gives an initial pop of maraschino cherry. The cherry loses its muster and the rest is the base of dark Belgian brew? Well, maybe not precisely. It's not as sticky sweet as many of the same style. The malt bill isn't as intensely rich. I almost like it better. Still, quite sweet. Alcohol dives upon the tongue. Softer carbonation. Didn't know what to expect here. More cherry?

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark reddish brown with a nice 2 finger head that is foamy and leaves a foamy lacing on my 22 oz mug. somewhat opaque but light does get through.

S- dark juicy cherry nose with hints of caramel malt and banana as well. bubblegum rounds it out to finish the smell.

F- dark candied cherry with bubblegum and caramel malts and brown sugar on the back end. there is the hint of banana as well.

M- heavy bodied cherry with carbonated grain. warm all the way down

O- a decent dark ale. the abv is high and it will hit me in about 30 minutes but the flavors interact well with each other.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into chalice. Stamped with two dates 11/7/14 (bottled on? and 11/7/16 (best by?).
A: Pours a dark amber hue with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Banana and clove hit first and hit strong. Strong fruity esters. Light caramel malt, brown sugar, and cherry.
T: The cherry note comes forward to the front here and mingles with the banana and clove as the dominant aspects. Light caramel malt, brown sugar (almost burnt sugar), lightly toasted/cracker malt, and a hint of white pepper.
M: Light-medium body...fairly light in comparison to the ABV. Sweet and dry.
D: An interesting brew...I do like the cherry component. Just a bit lacking in it's body structure (not quite as much heft as is typical for a Belgian strong dark ale) and balance. Not bad, but not worth going too far out of your way for either.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter, this unique Belgian pours a reddish brown with a moderate light tan head that dissipates to a thin ring and lights lacing. Nose of tart pie cherries, Belgian candy sugars, bread crust, and a dash of Belgian yeast. Flavors follow the nose with the exception of some chocolate flavors to the back, candy sugars and tart pie cherries on all sides and on the aftertaste, and a light herbal hop in the background. A nice interpretation with the addition of cherries of one of my more favorite styles. High carbonation and effervescent mouth feel finishes lightly dry with some nice alcohol warmth to remind one they are drinking a Belgian style strong. Not overly complex, but a solid offering for the style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two bottle dates on it:
10/15/14 - assuming bottled date
10/15/16 - assuming best by date

Pours a dark rusty brown with some dark shades of red when held up to the light, very little head and no lacing on the glass, small amount of bubbles rising from the bottom show some activity.

Smell starts with a whiff of Belgian candied sugar, strong bubblegum and banana aroma, decent dark fruit presence although I'm not picking up the tart cherries behind the sugar and other aromas.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt and Belgian candied sugar front, the sugar lasts throughout but is neither overly sweet or cloying, bubblegum is the next immediate flavor which is followed once again by a banana-esque taste, still not picking up the cherries or the tart aspect they can lend which is somewhat disappointing but if they weren't advertising it I wouldn't be disappointed since I wouldn't be looking for it, carbonation is medium-high and would be better if it was notched down slightly since it kind of explodes in your mouth like a cola at first, alcohol is fairly well hidden at first but you definitely start to feel it in the throat and the back of the tongue than anywhere else.

Pretty good Belgian strong dark, nothing overly powerful or artificial tasting.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a dark auburn brown with with a light khaki colored 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention fizzes away rather quickly, leaving behind a somewhat barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge. Leaves virtually no lacing, save a spot or two, but those slide down the glass in due time.

Smell - Dark cherry and a bit of cherry cola with that sweet, sugary aroma. Lesser hints of chocolate and clove spice. Faint raisin and banana.

Taste - Follows the nose with prominent cherry and sugary cola flavors. Touches of chocolate. Fair amounts of clove spice bite by mid-taste and follow through in the finish. Distant banana. Slight tartness from the cherries. A bit of alcohol burn near the finish with a sweet/tart/spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavily-bodied and somewhat creamy but with a spritzy, bitey carbonation that livens it up. Smooth for a 10.6% brew.

Overall - I'm not head-over-heels in love with this one, but I do like it quite a bit. By that same token, I wouldn't trade for it, nor hope that it would come to me in a rare beer club membership again. :)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - from the Rare Beer Club.

Best Before 11/07/16.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, leathery brown, just a bit hazy, with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Deeply bready, with a golden syrup-soaked sweet-smelling quality to it. Pils malt, light cocoa powder, a liberal dusting of finely ground clove. The fruity cherry accent is adjoined to the fruity esters from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Decidedly sweet tasting toffee-infused richly bready malts with a little chocolate and molasses at the edges. Fruitiness of plum and banana as well as the added tart cherries studded with cloves. The alcohol presence is noticeable, especially once it's adhered to the spicy, earthy phenolic yeast qualities. It's this harsh component which carries you across the finish. I find myself immediately grimacing from the toothsome sweetness, then the cherried clove hits and finally the noticeable alcohol. Not graceful one bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A little bit sticky in the mouth.

Overall: Sorry, Tango. This is why I don't dance.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Bold, large and flavorful. Licorice, dark chocolate, rum, dark malts, ripe plums and some alcohol.

Sweetness of the malts and whatever sugars they added is on the aggressive side. But I like it ..not love it...but like it

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick/bready, and lightly crisp/prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally got around to drinking this beast. It's a beast so I had to find the right night, and along day with the kids (who weren't behaving) and night to myself, it's the right time.

The pour comes out looking like raw maple syrup, a thick syrupy tan almost honey brown colored beer, that turns dark cherry cranberry red in the glass, a somewhat clear with lots of sediment color. A slight head attempts to form, but is quickly bed back with the abv I'm sure.

Nose is pretty much what I was expecting, a big dark Belgian beer, dark caramel, perhaps candi sugar but not getting alot of that, a faint nutty aroma with some toffee, a little syrup note, etc, with what seems like plenty of sweetness, and a little booze note that also brings plenty of Belgian phenols. That blends with a big cherry, a sweet but fermented cherry blends with the phenols for a little cherry cough syrup. Then a biscuity cardboard wafer note on the back end.

Taste brings cherry cough syrupy right out of the gate, a messy cherry fermented mush, like a bunch of cherries were thrown into a bag and left to ferment on their own, lots of tannic skin and sweet cherry flesh. The phenols are all over as well, coming with a hot booze tingle, strong chemically phenolic flavor. Sweet malts are also strong, some candy like notes, not really caramel or candi sugar though, a little honey and some juicy fruit sugar extract kinda thing, and some biscuity notes as well, and perhaps a maple like note hidden in there somewhere. Cherry juice comes through strongly on the back end, as it finishes the cherry fades quickly though and leaves that hot perfumey alcohol, as well as the big phenols, a little sticky syrupy note, and a faint plum like fruit too.

Mouth is fuller bod and pretty syrupy, decent carb, plenty of tingly hot booze.

Overall about what I expected, thankfully not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The cherry and phenols play well together with the sweet candy malts. I was hoping the year or so I have aged this would have knocked the booze down a bit, but it's about what I expected for a beer like this from Weyerbacher. A nice sipper to sit by a fire and enjoy, but could be better.

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Photo of hp2skater
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery I really enjoyed this beer- perhaps because I had already tried several other stronger samples. I purchased a bomber and after popping it at home it just didn't taste as good. The taste was more tart and lacking of flavor than I remember (it tasted sweeter at the brewery). Although still a decent beer, I wouldn't purchase again.

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